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Jackson Arrested in Gun Shop Protest
Rev. Jesse Jackson was among those arrested while demonstrating out-
side a south suburban gun shop last Saturday Father Michael Pleger was
also arrested. They were released later that day, but they were back
inside the police station in Riverdale Saturday evening talking to the
police and trying to press charges against the gun shop owner who called
the police on them.
The arrests stemmed from a gun control march that afternoon. Chuck's
Gun Shop has often been linked to guns that are later used in crimes.
Therefore, it is a frequent target of gun control activists.
Jackson and Pfleger claim that, at one point, they were invited in by the
gun shop owner, but they declined, fearing for their safety. They also
claim that the shopkeeper pushed Reverend Jackson just before they were
Reverend Jackson is pressing charges against the gun shop owner for
what he said was an assault on his person. The incident only intensifies
activists desire to see the doors to the gun shop shut.
Marchers will be at the shop again on Friday at noon.
25K a Month Not Enough from 50 Cent
The $25,000 a month in child support and household expenses that rap-
per 50 Cent pays to the mother of his 10-year-old son is not enough, says
the boy's mother, Shaniqua Tompkins.
The rapper is "worth tens and tens of millions of dollars," said her attor-
ney, Raoul Felder.
The parents of young Marquise Jackson are wrangling over the issue in
family court in this Long Island community, where 50 Cent arrived
Friday in an armored SUV equipped with a satellite dish.
With his G-Unit record label, clothing line, ring tones and other enter-
prises, 50 Cent whose real name is Curtis Jackson reeled in an esti-
mated $33 million in the past year, according to Forbes. He has sold more
than 11 million albums and has a new album, "Curtis," due out in
Closed-door hearings on the child-support case are scheduled to con-
tinue this coming week.
Former Liberian President Taylor
Still Boycotting His Own Trial
THE HAGUE The war crimes trial of former Liberian President
Charles Taylor resumed in The Hague this week with Taylor again absent
after boycotting the opening three weeks ago.
Taylor, who is charged with instigating murder, rape and mutilation dur-
ing Sierra Leone's civil war, said in a letter in early June it would not be
a fair trial. The court's principal defender said at the opening of Monday's
session Taylor would again not be attending.
"He said he believes that the chamber knows why he isn't here," the
principal defender said.
Taylor has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of war crimes and crimes
against humanity, related to the 1991-2002 civil war which killed an
estimated 50,000 people.
Taylor's trial is being held in The Hague because of fears it could spur
instability if held in Freetown.
Milestone Reached for Black
College Enrollment in the South
RALEIGH, N.C. For the first time ever in the South, blacks are as
well represented on college campuses as they are in the region's popula-
tion as a whole something not yet true of the country overall.
The milestone is noted in a new fact book to be released Monday by the
Southern Regional Education Board, a nonprofit organization that pro-
In the 16 states measured, the number of blacks enrolled in colleges
has risen by more than half over the last decade. They now make 21 per-
cent of college students and 19 percent of the overall population.
The number represents progress but it also has to be seen in context. A
major contributing factor is the South's rapidly growing Hispanic popu-
lation, which has reduced the proportion of the population that is black,
and thereby made the milestone easier to reach mathematically.
Investors Pledge $1 Million to Free
Genarlo Wilson in Sex Case
The lawyer for Genarlow Wilson said today that a New York investment
manager and ten other business leaders have volunteered to post a one
(m) million dollar bond to free Wilson from prison while his appeal is
Attorney BJ Bernstein called on Douglas County District Attorney
David McDade to reconsider his opposition to bond for Wilson. Wilson
remains in prison pending a bond hearing July 5th.
Bernstein said some but not all those who contributed to the bond fund
have agreed to go public. She said the investment manager is Whitney
Tilson, founder and managing partner of T2 Partners LLC and Tilson
Mutual Funds. He was a co-founder of Teach For America and is on the
cover of the July 2007 Kiplinger's Magazine.
Wilson, now 21, was convicted of aggravated child molestation stem-
ming from a 2003 New Year's Eve Party where he was captured on video-
tape receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old girl. He was 17 at the time. He
is now serving a mandatory ten-year prison sentence.
In 2006, Georgia lawmakers changed the law Wilson was sentenced
under but the state's top court said it could not be applied retroactively.
Volume 21 No. 15 Jacksonville, Florida June 28 July4, 2007
America Anxiously Waiting Supreme Court Segregation Ruling
The Supreme Court could decide
as early as this week if the color of
your skin will continue to play a
role in deciding who's admitted to
The case in front the High Court
is from Jefferson County, Ky. The
school board there tries to keep
Black enrollment in most schools in
the range of 15 to 50 percent by
encouraging or compelling White
students to attend schools in Black
neighborhoods and vice versa.
But when one White mother's 5-
year-old son was denied entrance
into a school close to their home
and was told that he'd have to bus it
to a school that was 90 minutes
away, she was irate. Crystal
Meredith said school officials told
her that they couldn't accept anoth-
er White student, The Associated
Continued on page 2
Dr. Lazzara is shown above with BEST Academy Director Mrs.
Estelle McKissick and Cong. Corrine Brown at the presentation.
25K Gift to Benefit City's Ailing Students
The BEST Academy of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church received a
boost for Jacksonville's failing students this week with a 25K donation by
Dr. Gasper Lazzara. On hand to accept the donation at the urging of Bethel
member Cong. Corrine Brown was Academy Director Estelle McKissick.
In addition to providing free SAT preparation and tutoring courses, the off-
site educational beacon that is open to all students is also an approved site
for Duval County students to make up courses needed to graduate. FMP
Longtime native of Jacksonville,
Miss Edna M. Calhoun, passed
away peacefully June 22, 2007
Educated in the schools of Duval
County, Miss Calhoun graduating
from Edward Waters High School
in Jacksonville and Florida A&M
University, where she earned a BA
degree in Education followed by a
Master of Arts Degree in Education
from the University of Michigan.
She was a faithful member of
Historic Mt. Zion AME Church,
where formerly her father served as
Pastor and she served in the
Blanche R. Coleman Friendly Club.
As an outstanding educator, her
career included Supervisor of
Elementary Schools of Jackson
County, Marianna, FL; Supervisor
of Elementary Schools for the
Duval County School System and
Dean of Women at FAMU. She
retired in 1984 as Dean for
Residence Life of Howard
University in Washington, DC after
20 years of dedicated service. She
enjoyed her retirement at her home
in American Beach, FL.
Other affiliations include found-
ing member and first president of
Gamma Rho Omega Chapter of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,
Links, Inc., and served as Past
National President of Continental
She was preceded in death by par-
ents, Thomas and Netha Calhoun;
her brother, Paris S. Calhoun; and
sisters, Thomasina C. Calhoun and
Frances C. Murray. Survivors
include her nephew, James P.
Bradley (Dianne), and Justin P.
Bradley; niece, Frances C. Bradley,
Jordanna M. Bradley, and Jae Anne
Funeral Services will be held 11
AM, Friday, June 29, 2007 at
Historic Mt. Zion AME Church.
Miss Calhoun will rest in the mor-
tuary for visitation Thursday from 5
PM until 8 PM and at the church
Friday from 9 AM until the hour of
service. Mortuary Services provid-
ed by Alphonso West.
Center Opening Preserves Jax Beach's African-American Heritage
Jacksonville Beach Elementary Preservation Fund, Inc. (JBEPF, Inc.) president ,Walter Bell, Esq (center), cuts
the ceremonial ribbon during the grand opening of the Rhoda L. Martin Cultural Heritage Center in Jacksonville
Beach. He is joined by fellow board members, COJ Councilwomen Brown and Atlantic Beach Commissioner
Waters. For more photo highlights from the weekend's events, see page 3
57 Heaven Highlights Birthday Celebration for Derya Williams
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Some have often seen Derya Williams fighting for services for the community's underserverved as Executive Director of River Region Human Services,
others have spotted the devoted wife and mother alongside her husband, Rev. Newton Williams or perhaps she may have been spotted volunteering with
some of her Delta sisters for a worthy cause. Nevertheless, the industrious community servant received well wishes all devoted to her with a surprise
birthday celebration held in her honor in the Northside home of her son Moses.. Over fifty guests dined and fellowshipped throughout the evening at the
request of the honorees daughter Reba for an evening honoring her mother's 57th birthday for a night she won't forget.. FMiPowvei, PHOTO
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Community Mourns Passing
of Miss Edna Calhoun
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Over a Million Africans Bring
Culture, History to U. S.
(GIN) Over the past 10 years, the African immigrant population has
more than tripled in cities across America now more than a million -
with the greatest conccntr:ition in New York and greater Washington,
D.C., including Maryland and Virginia suburbs.
In Atlanta, Seattle and Minneapolis, Africans now constitute more than
15 percent of the Black population.
"To white people, we are all black," said Wanjiru Kamau, a Kenyan-
born community activist in Washington, D.C. in a recent interview. "But
as soon as you open your mouth to some African-Americans, they look
at you and wonder why you are even here."
Census data from 2000 show 43 percent of Africans in the U.S. have
college degrees, higher than the adult population as a whole.
Jacqueline Copeland-Carson, an African-American scholar with the
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of
Minnesota, is optimistic that African immigrants and African-
Americans will outgrow any strains, which she blames partly on stereo-
Nigeria, Ethiopia and Ghana are the countries of origin for most emi-
gres, but the influx is increasingly diverse.
Know When It's Time to Buy or Lease a Car
By Jason Alderman
When it comes to getting a new
car, many people wrestle with
whether to lease or buy. Both meth-
ods have advantages and disadvan-
tages, so it's important to under-
stand your needs and payment
habits before signing.
With a loan, you borrow money to
purchase the car then own it once
the loan is paid off. With a lease,
however, you agree to pay a leasing
agency (a lender often identified
through the car dealer or manufac-
turer) to use the car during the lease
period but you're never the owner
unless you decide to buy it after the
Leasing advantages. Some people
prefer to lease because monthly
payments and upfront costs can be
significantly less than with a loan;
thus, they can either budget less for
transportation or drive a more
expensive car. Many who lease pre-
fer driving a new car every few
years, don't mind permanent
monthly payments and like that the
car is usually under full warranty
throughout the lease.
And, if you use the car for busi-
ness, you can usually deduct depre-
ciation and interest from your taxes
- not so when you purchase out-
Leasing does have potential down-
It's often difficult and expensive to
get out of a lease, so if you think
your income or employment status
may change dramatically, tread
carefully (for example, should you
lose your job, retire, get sick, etc.)
Standard mileage allowances are
typically 12,000 to 15,000 miles
annually. If you average more than
that per year during your lease,
you'll likely pay 10 to 25 cents for
each excess mile. (Some leases
allow upfront payment for excess
miles at a reduced rate.)
You're responsible to pay for any
unreasonable wear and tear and to
remove any customized features
If you lease a more expensive car,
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
SALE OF MATERIAL (DIRT)
1500 BLOCK OF JESSIE STREET
JACKSONVILLE PORT AUTHORITY
General Summary of Work: The Jacksonville Port Authority is solicit-
ing proposals from qualified companies to excavate, remove and trans-
port by truck approximately 250,000 cubic yards of material (dirt) from
the Christmas Tree Property Site, 1500 Block of Jessie Street. The
material removed from the site may be used both on publicly owned
lands in conjunction with construction and/or filling operations spon-
sored by a recognized governmental or public agency in Duval County
or other counties in the State of Florida as well as privately owned lands
in connection with construction and/or filling projects being conducted
by private business sector developers.
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which may be obtained after 8:30 A.M. on June 25, 2007.
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higher. And remember, bigger cars
usually get worse gas mileage.
If you do decide to lease, always try
to negotiate a lower initial sales
price for the car, because your
monthly lease payment is largely
based on the difference between
this price and what the leasing
agency thinks it can sell the car for
when the lease expires. Thus, the
smaller the difference between
those two costs, the better for you.
Compare leasing packages from
multiple dealers and leasing agen-
cies, and don't hesitate to arrange
your own financing. A dealer may
be willing to find you similar or bet-
ter financing to get your business.
If you think you might want to buy
the car when the lease ends, check
how much comparable used cars
cost at sites such as Kelly Blue
Book kbb.com, edmunds.com, and
cars.com, to make sure you get a
good deal. And don't be afraid to
offer less the lender may have a
glut of cars to sell and be receptive
So bottom line: Weigh the choice
between leasing and owning care-
fully to make sure pick the right
option for your situation.
Continued from front
But when one White mother's 5-
year-old son was denied entrance
into a school close to their home
and was told that he'd have to bus it
to a school that was 90 minutes
away, she was irate. Crystal
Meredith said school officials told
her that they couldn't accept anoth-
er White student, The Associated
After pulling the 90-minute-a-day
trip for while, Meredith said she
couldn't take it anymore and sued,
arguing that the racial assignment
plans were flat out unconstitutional
"Joshua was denied entrance to a
school for no other reason than
racial classification," said Teddy
Gordon, Meredith's attorney.
"There was room at the school.
There were plenty of empty seats.
This was a racial quota."
While the school district doesn't
fight the fact that this case is about
race, it is fighting the discrimina-
tion charge. Officials insist that
they are trying to maintain racially
balanced and integrated schools for
the benefit of all.
Civil rights advocates say if a
Supreme Court ruling agrees with
Meredith's argument, Black stu-
dents could be hurt, adding that
such a ruling would undermine the
promise of Brown vs. Board of
Education, the landmark 1954 deci-
sion that outlawed separate systems
of education for Black and White
"The question before the Supreme
Court now is whether it will be ille-
gal or unconstitutional to voluntari-
ly maintain school desegregation,
school integration, in the 21st cen-
tury," said Ted Shaw, president of
the NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund. "It is an easy
question. It is what is left of Brown
vs. Board of Education."
The Louisville School District
adopted its plan in 2001, and it
requires schools to seek a Black
student enrollment of at least 15
percent and no more than 50 per-
cent. Those guidelines apply prima-
rily at the elementary school level
and in admissions to special pro-
grams, such as magnet schools.
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
June 28 July 4 2007
Joy Purdy Returns to Jax to
Anchor Position at Channel 25 -
First Coast News has announced
that TV Anchor Joy Purdy will be
joining the First Coast News team,
starting September 4, 2007. She
will co-anchor First Coast News at
7p.m. on WJXX with Deanna Fene,
and will also play an important role
in both franchise and series report-
ing. Purdy replaces anchor Mark
Spain, who will leave First Coast
News in early August.
Purdy joins First Coast News,
WTLV/WJXX from the CBS
affiliate in Miami, WFOR,
where she has anchored the
noon and 6pm newscasts since
2000. First Coast residents may
remember Purdy from her prior
years at WJXT, where she
served as weekend anchor and
Joy Purdy is glad to be back on
the First Coast, remarking, "First
Coast News welcomed me with
open arms, and after being away
from my husband and step- daugh-
ter for 7 years, this was an opportu-
nity I just couldn't pass up. I'm
excited about joining the First
Coast News team, and cannot wait
to get started. It feels good to come
Shown above highlighting the weekend's activities are (L-R) TOP:
Students sitting in their old classroom as former teacher Oprah .. '.
Jackson (standing and inset) looks on, Terrence Joseph performing a
James Brown tribute and Peggy Johnson at the Musical Tribute ,'
Saturday night. BOTTOM: The new center and Walter Bell present-
ing a Certificate of Appreciation to Richard Johnson. G Miller Photo
Heritage Center Herald's Jax Beach Black Scholastic Heritage
129 Graduate from FL Youth Academy
The Florida Youth Challenge Academy held their 12th graduating class in
Orange Park last week to a packed auditorium. Graduating cadets who
overcame vast obstacles to graduate with their high school diploma were
received by an audience of more than 1200. Shown above at the cere-
monies are graduates Tamyiah Evans with her mother Angelia Evans and
Joshua Bell. FMP Photo
Continued from front
Saturday, June 23, 2007, marked
the long-anticipated grand opening
of the Rhoda L. Martin Cultural
Heritage Center, a four room
schoolhouse that was Jacksonville
Beach School for Colored People.
Martin, a pioneer of education in
Jacksonville Beach, opened the
school in her kitchen in the 1920s.
In 1939, the four room, brick struc-
ture was the first school erected to
serve colored students east of the
More than 150 former students,
teachers, descendants of Martin and
local officials, gathered to witness
the ribbon cutting in front of the
schoolhouse that served the com-
munity as a well-baby clinic, meet-
ing hall, a voting precinct, 6th grade
center and magnet school until
1999. Former student and 6th grade
center teacher, LaWilda Barley, ral-
lied a group of school alumni and
community leaders to formed the
Jacksonville Beach Elementary
Preservation Fund, Inc. The build-
ing was saved from demolition and
moved 6 blocks east to its current
location donated by Hionedes fami-
ly at 376 4th Avenue, Jacksonville
"This is the culmination of
extraordinary efforts by a group of
people who wanted to preserve an
important part of history," said
Betty Petway, board member. "We
are excited to see what's next."
The grand opening weekend
included the 3rd annual benefit con-
cert, Milestones in Music, written
by former student Gary Sullivan
and ended with a VIP reception at
Outback Steakhouse in Jacksonville
"We were honored to support such
a worthwhile effort that highlights
the diversity of the community and
will serve it well," said Ridge Sink
of Outback Steakhouse.
The Center showcases the cultur-
al history of the African American
educational experience in Jackson-
ville Beach. The Center will serve
as a community resource featuring
arts programs, tutoring, senior pro-
grams and youth activities.
"To see this dream become a real-
ity is exhilarating," said Oprah
Jackson, 84, the 2nd oldest living
teacher of the school. "It's so inspi-
rational, I wouldn't mind teaching
second grade again. It's a great day
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James P. Small Playground Named for Eugene Glover
Ceremonies were recently held
by city dignitaries to dedicate the
playground at James P. Small
Memorial Park to the late Eugene
M. Glover, a Jacksonville native
and dedicated public servant.
"It is fitting that we dedicate this
playground to the legacy of such an
important City employee, and role
model," said Councilwoman Gwen
Yates. "We are proud that Mr.
Glover was inspired by the late
humanitarian and coach, James P.
Small, who the park is named for."
Mr. Glover, who passed away in
2006, was affectionately known by
friends, colleagues and the young
people he worked with as the
"Gentle Giant." He spent 42 years
working in a variety of capacities
for the PREC Department; most
notably at J.P. Small Park, which
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was named for his high school
coach and mentor.
A sign has been erected in the
park officially naming the play-
ground for the former Stanton High
School and Florida A&M
University athlete and brother of
the former sheriff, Nat Glover.
In June 2006 a new baseball
museum and monument were com-
pleted at the 4.85 acre park. The
projects were funded by bonds and
funding from the Florida
Department of State Division of
Originally known as Barrs Field,
Durkee Field was purchased by the
city for $348,000 in 1932 and the
baseball stadium was built in
Home to the Negro League and
minor league baseball teams, Henry
"Hank" Aaron, Leroy "Satchel"
Paige, Roy Campanella, James
"Cool Papa" Bell and William
"Judy" Johnson passed through
Durkee Field their way to baseball's
"Hall of Fame".
In 1982, the stadium was slated
for demolition; however, a case was
made for its renovation, which was
completed in 1985. Since then mas-
sive improvements have been made
to the northside landmark.
JACKSONVILLE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
Monday, July 9,2007
6:30 7:30 p.m.
Charles "Boobie" Clark Community Center
8793 Sibbald Road
Jacksonville, FL 32208
To share plans and gather citizen input on bus shelter improvements
along Soutel Drive (between Sibbald Road and Archery Avenue)
and the extension of Linda Lane to Soutel Drive
The meeting will be an open house format with
visual displays where interested citizens can review
the project information and ask questions of the staff.
Anyone requiring special accommodations should
contact Bill Milnes at (904) 598-8731 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday, June 28.
IBACKOSONV~~ IE TRANSPCR lON AUTHORITY
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100 North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville Florida 32204
Telephone: (904) 630-3 181 Fax: (904) 630-3166
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
June 28 July 4, 2007
June 28- July 4, 2007
Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Property Tax Bill Now Puts the Pressure on
City Council to Provide Real Leadership
There is an old African proverb
that says, "When elephants fight it
is the grass that suffers." In Florida,
the fighting elephants right now
happen to have been the Governor's
office and State Legislator. Who
Well it's according on who you
ask. With the recent passage of the
property tax cut or "reform" as
some are calling it many people
are ecstatic. Lesser property taxes
and more money in the pockets of
Floridians that sounds great right?
But with every action there is a
ripple effect or reaction. Or to sim-
"Indecision is like a
erty taxes, then local governments
don't have the money needed to
provide services and programs for
No I am not talking about liber-
al social programs although I sup-
port most social programs aimed at
helping low income individuals
and families. I am talking about
police, fire, trash collection,
drainage projects, park improve-
I am talking about all of the
stuff that makes a city what a city
should be central services.
There's also the proposed con-
stepchild: if he does
tion was that three large Florida
counties, including Duval, can
decide if they want to accept or
deny the tax reform with a two
thirds vote of their governing
body. Talk about shifting the pres-
sure from Tallahassee to the home-
Most City Council members are
noncommittal right now about how
they would vote, but it is hard for
me to imagine Council members
not voting to stop the tax reform
considering it would cripple the
ability for the city to operate effec-
We all want lower taxes, but at
what cost? There are council mem-
bers who are notorious for being on
the fence on any given issue this
is one that will require leadership
I guess I am getting back to my
roots because there is another
African proverb that perfectly
addresses this matter. It says,
""Indecision is like a stepchild: if
he does not wash his hands, he is
called dirty, if he does, he is wast-
The Governor and most of the
legislators are for the tax cuts, but
the Mayor and local business and
civic leaders are against it. That's a
hell of a tug of war contest with the
City Council in the middle of it all.
Jacksonville is not the lone
wolf in feeling the pressure of these
tax cuts. Smaller, local cities like
St. Augustine and Fernandina
Beach will feel it even more
because a larger percentage of their
local budgets come from property
taxes. We are about to see how cre-
ative local governments can get.
And for those governments
who can't find additional funding
sources, the citizens will find out
just how important the simple
things in life are like regular
garbage collection, available police
officers and park services.
Jacksonville citizens may see a
break on their property taxes, but
may have to look at a a fee issued
for things like trash pick up,
drainage usage or maybe even the
talk of returning tolls. Since gov-
ernment can't shut down you have
to find the money somewhere.
Right now, the city's budget has
a gap that needs to be filled, so look
out for increases in most local gov-
ernment fees that currently exist
and the addition of others.
I have to take a quick intermis-
sion to recognize those state legis-
lators who fight against the tax cuts
because they realized the effects it
would have on local governments -
Democrats like State Senator Tony
Hill and State Representatives
Audrey Gibson and Terry Fields
actually fought against the tax cuts
for very valid reasons.
Now the issue lies in the hands
of the City Council and the voters.
While I would love to put on my
Swami hat and make a prediction -
the politician in me says that it's too
early to make that call.
Signing off from City Hall,
plify it even more, it's the elemen-
tary theory of cause and effect. If
you cut taxes, then some program
or service is to pay for that tax cut.
Yes, I am over simplifying this
complicated matter at hand, but
like most complicated political
issues the complexity is normally
more facade than actual substance.
Some counties and cities want
to see the property tax reform, but
most don't. It's not that they don't
care about the people who live in
their municipalities, but local gov-
ernmental budgets are built on
property tax revenue.
The governor and legislator's
property tax bill essentially cut
property taxes by increasing home-
stead exemptions. If you cut prop-
By. Harry C. Alford
"BEYOND THE RHETORIC"
Blacks wishing to buy their
"Dream Homes" have been target-
ed by evil characters with fast cash
and easy credit rip-offs. They don't
disclose costs such as taxes and
various creative fees generated by
them. These are known as sub-
prime mortgages. My brothers and
sisters please stick to prime mort-
gages, the kind you get from major
banks and are fully government
regulated. They won't let you get a
mortgage you can't afford.
Therefore, all situations normal,
you won't be led down the road of
foreclosure and disaster.
Critics of this program often say
they target "low income and minor-
ity families". But the more I study
it the targets are basically minority,
especially Black, without regard to
income. As an example, in the state
of Maryland, the most prolific
county victimized by these sub-
prime mortgages is none other than
Prince Georges County. Prince
Georges is the most financially
well off county for Blacks in the
United States. However, every sub-
prime hustler available is quite
An officer of the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corporation told me,
"We held a home owner workshop
there and the line for Foreclosure
Trouble and Assistance was quite
stitutional amendment out there
that would create a mega home-
stead exemption of 75 percent off
the first $200,000 of a property's
value, 15 percent off the next
$300,000, and a maximum exemp-
tion of $195,000 for homes worth
more than $500,000. The local
impact of that change could be as
much as $139 million, according to
So as the elephants in
Tallahassee fought to help save
money for the people of Florida -
they overlooked the fact that at the
end of the day, the people may not
benefit at all because of the loss of
local governmental services.
The one good amendment that
was tacked on to the final legisla-
Racism and Greed on Black
Homeowners Back Fires
longer than the line for "First Time
Home Buyers Assistance". After
that, they constructed a map of
Maryland counties and put red dots
in neighborhoods festered with
these high risk subprime mort-
gages. Prince Georges County,
clear and away, led the entire state.
In fact, it was the only county that
was pure red by all the dots they
What happens is "Money
Managers" from Wall St. put
together hedge funds (pools of
money from people and firms who
don't want to be openly exposed)
to go after and exploit these risky
but high interest subprime mort-
gages. Some of these subprime
mortgages can yield 20 -28 percent
interest until the buyer or "sucker"
defaults and loses the home. The
Money Managers and their
investors hope to recover loses
from the foreclosure auctions and
other liquidation tactics. But now
the rate of foreclosures is surpass-
ing the wildest dreams of the
Money Managers. Their vision of
windfall is turning into waterfall.
Homeowners can't work it out and
their credit is destroyed for at least
13 years and their family life
shreds into nothing Divorce and
friction is inevitable.
In a recent article from the New
York Times (June 23, front page),
"Bear Stearns Companies, the
investment bank, pledged up to
$3.2 billion in loans yesterday to
bail out one of its hedge funds that
was collapsing because of bad bets
on subprime mortgages.... Bear
Stearns averted a meltdown this
time, but if delinquencies and
defaults on subprime loans surge,
Wall Street firms, hedge funds and
pension funds could be left holding
billions of dollars in bonds and
securities backed by loans that are
quickly losing their value.... The
firm is, meanwhile, negotiating
with banks to rescue the second,
larger fund started last August,
which has more than $6 billion in
loans and reportedly holds far
riskier investments. Those negotia-
tions were continuing yesterday,
and it was unclear whether they
would be successful.... Some
lenders, including Merrill Lynch
and Deutsche Bank, balked and
moved to sell assets. At one point
Wednesday, nearly $2 billion in
securities were listed for sale,
although some banks, including
JPMorgan, eventually canceled
scheduled auctions....In the wake
of the weak auctions, several other
lenders, including JPMorgan,
Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and
Bank of America, reached deals
with Bear Steams. At least some of
the deals involved the lenders sell-
ing the securities back to Bear
Stearns for cash, although the
prices were not disclosed."
I say good for them. God don't
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ugly. Targeting Black families for
money hustles and eventual disas-
ter is about as low as you can get.
Remember, they set up these
pools of money to rip off unsus-
pecting minority families by not
disclosing prohibitive fees, upcom-
ing property taxes that will be
exaggerated because the appraised
values of the homes are unreal and
extremely over valued. They can
do it because they are loosely regu-
lated by the federal and state gov-
ernments unlike prime mortgages.
People are led in because of the
unreal "estimated mortgage costs".
Some people are overwhelmed two
to three months into it. There are
actually some who cannot afford
the first monthly installment after
they have signed away everything
and the real costs become exposed.
These fly by night mortgage bro-
kers are of a lower character than
dishonest used car salesmen. In
fact, you can get a mortgage broker
license easier than you can get a
beautician license. That needs to be
changed or we should make such
licenses defunct and illegal. It
would save a lot of Black families
from economic destruction.
Let's get on the offensive in
fighting this "pox" on our commu-
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SYahweh Ben Yahweh?
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L-'The Nation of Yahw\eh officially announced
"Ascension of Our Founder and Savior (Yahweh Ben Yahweh)" on May 7.
2007. Did the charismatic leader "ascend" into Heaven to sit at the right
hand of God? And, whatever happened to the temples and wealth he built
here on earth?
When he started the Hebrew Israelites in 1972 Yahweh Ben Yahweh
emphasized racial separation and that God was black and blacks would
become powerful through him. In what eventually became his downfall
Yahweh characterized whites, particularly Jews, as infidels and oppressors.
Headquartered in Miami's Liberty City area, The Nation of Yahweh start-
ed a series of building acquisitions that allowed levels of black separatism
Yahweh Ben Yahweh encouraged. "I am an incarnation of m self."
Yahweh boasted as early as the late 1970s. "In terms of accomplishing
what I have I'm peerless."
Yahweh's racial and urban accomplishments in the 70s and SOs are peer-
less. Nation of Yahweh members dressed in white, took the last name
"Israel", followed a kosher diet and grew into a multi-million dollar
empire. By organizing satellite temples around the country and accumu-
lating scores of apartment buildings, hotels, restaurants, retail stores. hous-
es and fleets of white-painted cars, vans and trucks, the Yahweh Nation's
holdings reached $200 million.
The Nation of Yahweh's business and charity efforts earned them nation-
al respect and acclaim. Praised for his rehabilitation of Miami neighbor-
hoods, promotion of family values and stance against drugs bN the ciry's
mayor, October 7, 1990 was declared "Yahweh Ben Yahweh Da.\."
Yahweh Ben Yahweh was quickly cast from his high perch. In Nov.
1990, he and 15 followers were indicted on federal racketeering and extor-
tion charges. It mentioned 18 instances of racketeering that included 14
killings, two attempted killings, extortion and arson. Although he wvas
defended by former federal judge and current U.S. Rep. Alcee L. Hastings
(D-Fla.), Yahweh was carted off to prison for 18 years on a single default
count of conspiring to commit murder as part of a racketeering enterprise.
He served 11 years before being released on parole in 2001.
But the visible assets of the Nation of Yahweh empire are no)\ gone the
huge temple in Miami; as well as the hotel and restaurant in Atlanta. The
temple was taken back by the bank late in the 1990s, as were the apartment
buildings, hotels and other structures. The Atlanta hotel and restaurant
went the way of foreclosure. Undisclosed amounts of money were adjudi-
cated by the courts to settle wrongful death lawsuits against Yahweh Ben
Yahweh and some followers for the 14 people killed.
What happened to Yahweh when he was released on parole was to make
sure he didn't rise again in Miami. Yahweh's activities were strongly
restricted until a few months before his death. He was prohibited from
reconnecting with his old congregation through any form of speech by tele-
phone, computer, radio or television that could place him in contact with
any members. In 2006, as he became increasingly ill with prostate cancer
he was released from parole in order to permit him to "die with dignity".
What happened to Yahweh Ben Yahweh was a travesty. Though few rec-
ognized black leaders came to his aid during his ordeal, Yahweh was an
oracle for many in blacks in Miami and among his 30 temples world-wide.
His message of black empowerment and potential superiority resonated
with many African Americans against the backdrop of daily racism. His
record in successfully revitalizing urban area people and properties is an
African American legacy unparalleled in modern day.
Breaking free from the America's prevailing social context toward a race
and political oriented alternative proved to be both the success and down-
fall of the Nation of Yahweh. Since his imprisonment, members of the
Nation of Yahweh have attempted to remake their image, nowadays the)
are focusing on their religion and vision, insisting they are neither racist nor
violent. Their primary area of operation has shifted from Miami to
Montreal, which they call the "New Promised Land."
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African-Americans Have the
Power to Win Against Diabetes I
By. Shari Logan
NNPA Special Correspondent
(NNPA) The diabetes epidemic
among African-Americans is seri-
ous, deadly serious.
Black people are 2 percent more
likely to die from Type Two dia-
betes than Whites, according to Dr.
Carl Gibson a moderator of the
Diabetes workshop at the annual
convention of the National
Newspaper Publishers Association
But, the workshop, held in a
room that had earlier served a
breakfast of white bread rolls, eggs,
sausage, and turkey bacon to a
crowd of more than 200 people,
saw less than half of the original
crowd by the time the panelists
began speaking about ways to pre-
vent and diabetes and other health
Three million African-Americans
have diabetes, a disease that that
develops from risk factors such as
obesity, physical inactivity, and
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the
body does not make enough insulin
or cannot use the insulin it makes
effectively. Insulin helps the body
use sugar, which is supposed to go
to your body's cells in order to
build energy. However, for people
with Type 2 diabetes, the insulin
just stays in the blood which creates
high blood glucose levels.
Normal glucose levels for some-
one that has not eaten for more than
two hours is less than 140. When
someone has a level of more than
200 after the same time period, the
person is diagnosed with Type 2
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Ethlyn Gibson, a registered
nurse, said that African-Americans
should be eating fruit three times a
day and one food item from the
dairy group. She also said that
physical activity should take place
five times a week for at least 30
In fact, the Diabetes Prevention
Program in collaboration with the
National Institutes of Health
showed that obese African-
Americans who followed this exer-
cise routine lost up to seven percent
of their body weight. For people
200 pounds and over, that translated
up to 15 pounds. Exercise programs
included brisk walking and limiting
Women and men respectively
should not eat more than 1800 and
2000 calories a day,. Regular visits
to the doctor after the age of 40 to
get screened and to test blood glu-
cose levels as well as taking pre-
scribed medication can control and
prevent diabetes. Dr. Antoine
Johnson also acknowledged that
improved health care delivery and
cultural awareness will also lead to
a decrease in the occurrences of
Complications of diabetes
include kidney failure, blindness,
heart disease, and lower leg ampu-
tation. Eileen Emori of the health
department said, "Diabetes just
does not affect an individual; it
affects the family and community.
Dennis Weaver, founder of
Change Your Food, Change Your
Life Inc, encourages African-
Americans to begin eating organic
Weaver said that less than 60
years ago, all food was organic and
that the health conditions of
Americans were better as a result.
"Today many overweight people
die with ideal cholesterol levels,"
he said. "Low inflammation of the
abdomen is the real cause." Weaver
said that the body rejects food that
is not in its purest form and that
over a long period of time, the non-
organic food build up leads to
Whether it's walking or running
throughout the week or eating more
foods with fewer calories, the
health experts believe diabetes can
be controlled or prevented.
Says Gibson, "We will perish not
because of what anything is doing
to us, but because of what we are
Haitian-born actor Jimmy Jean-Louis, star of the television series 'Heroes', speaks before taking a demon-
stration HIV test at a National HIV Testing Day event sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild and Black
AIDS Institute in Los Angeles; Actress Regina King and singer Angie Stone were among stars who self
administered HIV tests by rubbing a plastic swab against their gum in Los Angeles, California Monday.
Celebrities Publicly Urging AIDS Testing
Though they have often been crit- in America, organizations like the the AIDS cause in Africa. While
icized for the unwarranted title of Black AIDS Institute have hopes to this is a noble cause and much
role model, this week, Black actors, end the AIDS epidemic (drastically needed, Wilson and others are feel-
athletes and activists are sending reduce numbers of those affected) ing that blacks in America are being
out a personalized message we all in black America by 2012. The pub- neglected as a result.
need to follow: More black lic testing kickoff will mark the During the 2004 Vice Presidential
Americans need to be tested for start of a major campaign, dubbed debates, Vice President Cheney
AIDS. "One In a Million," with the goal of responded to a question about the
"This says, look, there's nothing to testing a million African Americans staggering numbers of black
be ashamed of, it's easy (to get test- by December 2008. women in America affected by the
ed)," says passionate Jean-Louis. Phil Wilson, Executive Director disease nearly 70 percent of new
"There is a stigma in the black com- of the Black AIDS Institute, is opti- cases are black by discussing the
munity (about AIDS), and we have mistic of the campaign's success, progress being made in Africa.
to eliminate it." especially with a celebrity-driven "We're calling on folks to devote
Born in Haiti and raised in Paris, event like today's press conference the same amount of compassion
Jean-Louis remembers the first time kicking it off. and devotion to the black communi-
he learned about the disease. "We certainly think... that young ty as we've been able to muster in
"I was on a field trip with my people will respond to this effort," Sub-Saharan Africa," says Wilson.
school," recalls Jean-Louis. "(And) says Wilson. "The messenger mat- Though the emphasis was on the
out of 30 kids, they asked me to ters, and it particularly matters for testing, Wilson understands that the
take an AIDS test...just because I black people." fear may not be in the testing itself,
was from Haiti. With actors like Regina King but of the impending results. He has
"Back then they used to say AIDS ("Ray") and Hill Harper ("CSI New been living with AIDS for 15 years.
came from Haiti," he adds. York"), among many others, joining The point he'd like to stress?
Despite the humiliation of that Jean-Louis in the testing, advocates "I'm alive today because I have
experience, he's also grateful for it: hope to educate not only Blacks, access and have taken advantage of
"It made me aware (of the issue) but all Americans of the disease's life saving treatment and care,"
and since then, I've tried to help impact on the Black community, shares Wilson. "AIDS is no longer
however I can." "Back when it was considered a the automatic death sentence that it
As black leaders in the media, arts, white, gay disease, the story was was."
faith community and civil-rights everywhere," says King. To find a testing center near you,
groups continue to spotlight the dis- Not unnoticed is the overwhelm- go to blackaids.org.
ease's destructive affect on blacks
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The Duval County Health
Department's (DCHD) The Bridge
Adolescent & Pediatric Health
Center will hold a school-readiness
event titled "School Physical
Round-up" that will offer income-
based school physical, TB skin
tests, vision and hearing screen-
ings, HPV and meningitis vac-
cines, shots, dental services and
more. The event is Friday, June
29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The
Bridge, 1824 Pearl Street. Parents
or legal guardians of Pre-K thru
8th grade students are welcome
and encouraged to bring their chil-
dren in order to receive services
and to avoid the rush on back-to-
The American Academy of
Pediatrics recommends a physical
examination every year up to age
six and then every other year there-
after. However, because a child's
health can change from year to
year it is important for children to
receive a complete examination on
an annual basis whatever the age.
The June 29th event is part one of
a two-part event. Part two is
scheduled for July 20, also at The
Bridge, and is planned for 9th thru
12th graders and all seniors enter-
ing college. In addition to physi-
cals, the children will enjoy a day
that includes lunch, entertainment
and fun activities.
All parents and guardians of
school-aged children are encour-
aged to take advantage of this
event regardless of income; some
parents may qualify for a free or
low cost physical. Parents are
asked to pre-register with a finan-
cial advisor by calling 798-4672,
Call 634-1993 to get
started for only $35.50
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St. Andrew Annual Womens Day Local Music Group Amyas Puts a New Spin on Gospel Music
St Andrew Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate their 26th annual
Women's Day Celebration on Sunday July 15,2007 at 11:00am. The speak-
er will be Minister Nicole Brown. The theme for the event is "Christian
Women, born again believers walking worthy of the Lord" from the
Scripture "Colossian 1-10". The theme colors will be mint green and white.
The chairperson for this event will be The First Lady of our Church Sis
Gwendolyn Rivers. The public is invited to attend.
For further information please call the Church at 904-764-5882.
Philip R. Cousin AME Church to
hold Celebration Sunday, July 8th
The Philip R. Cousin AME Church, 2625 Orange Picker Road, Rev.
Eugene E. Moseley Jr., Pastor; will hold Celebration Sunday, July 8, 2007.
This joyous event will mark the Dedication of the new Philip R. Cousin
AME Church Worship Center. The Celebration Service will begin at 11
a.m. The Dedication Service will be held at 4 p.m. All are welcome.
St. James AME of Orange Park
Camp and Basketball Tournament Set
St. James AME of Orange Park, "The Church Where God is Doing Great
Things" will hold a Youth Leadership Camp from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, for
youth 9-12 years of age, Monday Friday, July 16-20th. All youth of the
community are welcome. Call, Belita Franklin, 610-4314.
A Community Basketball Tournament will be held at the TC Miller
Learning Center, 440 McIntosh Ave., July 21-22nd. The tournament is open
to the community. A "Community Family Fun Day" will be held immedi-
ately following the 11 a.m. Service on Sunday, July 22, 2007 For informa-
tion, or to register your team, please call 276-8079 or 317-8418, or visit
Sunday Worship Services are held at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Tru-Way Church of the Risen Christ
to host "Community Day of Prayer"
The Tru-Way Church of the Risen Christ, a non-denominational church,
located at 2297 Edison Avenue, Rev. Elwyn W. Jenkins, Pastor; will host a
Community Day of Prayer, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2007. The doors
will open at 10 a.m.
The "Community Day of Prayer" is hosted by various churches of the
city, and was formerly hosted by the City of Jacksonville.
The murder rate is escalating and crime is on the rampage throughout
our city and our nation. We're soliciting City Officials and the community
to continue their support of the "Community Day of Prayer".
The church is located on Edison Ave., two blocks from Stockton Street
(Take 1-95 N or S and exit at the Stockton Street exit.
by Dana Maule
"I write for everything that's
wrong, I try to get some peace into
each and every song ... the reason
why I write is for you to hold on,"
says hip-hop duo Amyas.
Mass medis is not hesitant to
describe how the hip-hop genre is
corrupting youth with lyrics of
deviant behavior. However, among
the heavy beats and anthems, lyrics
of encouragement and empower-
ment of people can be found.
The members of rap group Amyas
have created an art form that mixes
the positive messages of
Christianity, the realistic hardships
of life lessons and the musical fla-
vor of hip-hop.
Elaborate (Edward Heard) and
Muszick (Christopher Mew) are the
components of Amyas, which is the
Hebrew term for love. "We want to
make music that when yo mama
walk in the room you don't have to
turn it down because you shame of
what you listening to," Elaborate
Originally from Youngtown, Ohio,
Elaborate contributes the northern,
intellectual tone to the sound of
Amyas. Muszick, homegrown in
Jacksonville, holds down the sound
of the southern "gangsta". Like
night and day the two flow together
to create "music for the soul."
While preparing for the release of
their new album, Amyas has been
marketing their sound to audiences
at the University of North Florida,
local churches and all over the state
While many Christian artist have
successfully crossed-over from
being strictly categorized as gospel
entertainers, Amyas is starting in
The group has not categorized their
art form as Gospel music, they have
dubbed themselves 'inspirational'
musicians. "Why put yourself in one
lane, when you doin more than one
thing," Elaborate said.
compares their sound to hip-hop
artist such as Talib Quali and
Common. However, they remind
fans that they truly are different
from anything out there. Elaborate's
book sense and Muszicks street
smarts have blended together to cre-
ate songs with titles such as "Thank
You Africa," "Smile," and "I Write,"
which are all on their up coming
debute album "State of Mind."
The album will be available for
purchase online and in stores this
summer. The group can also be
checked out online at
Daughters Honor The Late Clara B. Paula
(L-R) are Ms. Helen Holloway, Ms. Carlottra Guyton, State Representative Terry Fields, who was the keynote speaker;
Ms. L. J. Holloway and Mrs. Paula's great grandson, Jaelyn Guyton; are pictured at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church,
ST. AUGUSTINE Family and
friends of The Late Mrs. Clara B.
Paula gathered for the Blessing of
"Sacred Communion Vessels" pre-
sented to the Historic St. Syprian's
Episcopal Church donated to the
Church in Mrs. Paula's memory by
her daughters, Ms. DeRonda Paula
Williams, of St. Augustine; and Ms.
Carlottra L Guyton, of Jacksonville.
Congregants of both St. Cyprian
and Trinity Episcopal Churches
gathered for the Blessing Ceremony
Sunday, June 24, 2007. Revered
Mother Dina Galantowicz describe
Mrs. Paula as "Beautiful, strong,
proud, direct and always stylishly
dressed, but without a question, a
passionate and hardworking
Christian Lady for her beloved St.
Cyprian's Episcopal Church."
The keynote speaker, Florida
House Representative, Terry L.
Fields fondly recalled Mrs. Paula's
"frankness" but added, that she
always had "wise words of wisdom"
that he will always remember and
A reception was held in the
Church's Dining Hall to honor
"Pastor Dina" who will be leaving
St. Cyprian's to pursue other inter-
ests in the USA and abroad.
Among the attendees were:
Reverend and Mrs. Newton (Derya)
Williams, Mrs. Paula's
Goddaughter; Mr. Erwin Lax, Mr.
Khamil L. Ojoya, Mr. Hercules
Johnson, Mr. Michael A. Guyton,
Ms. L. J. Holloway, and Mrs. Helen
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All Star Gospel Concert to Benefit Cancer Society
By Dana Maule
A showcase of gospel talent
including the "Queen of Gospel",
Shirley Caesar, Martha Munizzi,
The Williams Brothers, Bishop
Rudolph McKissick and The Word
& Worship Choir and Stormy
Legacy Entertainment Group will
be making a donation to the
American Cancer Society to
encourage cancer survivors and
Jacksonville families. The donation
will be funded based on ticket sales
from the concert, An Evening of
Inspiration. Event coordinator
Warren Lee has already begun sell-
ing tickets in Jacksonville for the
concert. "Our goal is to raise about
$10,000," Lee said.
The concert will honor 10 local
citizens of Jacksonville by award-
ing them with the Courage to
Continue Award. All of the recipi-
ents are cancer survivors from the
First Coast. Two of the selected
individuals are high school stu-
dents. Legacy Entertainment Group
will give them an additional schol-
arship award for $2,000.
The concert will take place at the
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena on September 1, 2007.
The event idea came as a motiva-
tion to "inspire the people of
Jacksonville who have suffered
through the violence that has over-
whelmed the city and to give the
people a word from God," Lee said
"I want people to be inspired to
know God is the answer," Lee said.
His belief is that no matter what
you are going through, God can
Lee's motive to encourage people
comes from his own personal expe-
riences with death and illness in his
family. His father was a victim of
cancer and his mother has been bat-
tling cancer for about 6 years. This
is why he is compelled to arrange
this concert and make such a gener-
ous donation to the American
The concert has variety to attract
people of all ages say's Lee. The
concert is a few weeks before Labor
Day weekend, and "if you plan on
doing something on Labor Day,
plan on being at the concert," Lee
With gospel icon Shirley Caesar
on the line up, Lee is confident that
the concert will be a success. "I
knew that if I got Shirley Caesar,
everything else would fall in place,"
Lee will be asking all in atten-
dance to make a $1 donation to add
to the money raised for the
American Cancer Society in addi-
tion to a portion of ticket sales
going to the nonprofit organization.
A new report from The United
Methodist Church on the state of
the church reveals that United
Methodist core beliefs are clear, but
a variety of attitudes and opinions
exist about other issues.
The first-of-a-kind effort gathers
survey data, research, and essays
from a cross-section of leaders to
present a comprehensive overview
of the denomination.
Connectional Table, an organi-
zation within the church that guides
missions and ministries, commis-
sioned the project. As a part of the
project, more than 11,000 United
Methodists from the U.S., Africa,
Europe and the Philippines partici-
pated in online and telephone sur-
veys conducted by an outside
research group. The report utilized
survey data collected in June
through early September about
Both clergy and lay members par-
ticipated in the survey, which
included a wide range of questions
including issues of importance for
ministry planning, organizational
structure, emphasis on worship and
prayer, and other topics. In addition
to the surveys, the Connectional
Table invited a cross-section of
church leaders to write short opin-
ion essays, and collected available
research on church life from semi-
naries, foundations, agencies, and
The survey data indicates that
United Methodists strongly
affirmed their belief in God, Jesus,
and the Holy Spirit, as well as their
reliance on God's grace and salva-
tion. There was somewhat less
agreement as to whether mission
and service are important to person-
al salvation. Respondents in the
Western U.S. on average placed a
lower importance on core beliefs
than did others.
The respondents reported a high
level of desire to attract more young
people to the aging church, though
there was less agreement about
specifically how that should be
accomplished. But only a minority
of respondents felt that churches are
willing to change or add alternative
worship options or to reallocate
resources to attract young people.
Other research indicated that
nearly half of the new churches
started in the U.S. over the past
six years have emerged in non-
Anglo contexts. More than half of
the U.S. new church starts have
emerged in Spanish communities,
with others in African-American,
Asian-American and Brazilian
American communities. The fastest
growth continues to be in Africa.
Continuing to be a hot topic in
church arenas is the subject of
homosexuality. Much of the ope-
nion dealt with which region the
respondents were from. Less than
half of those surveyed, however,
saw the issue as "extremely impor-
tant." The highest priorities were
focus on Scripture, children, reach-
ing out to the un-churched, and
ending racial divisions.
A summary report is available at
well as survey data and essays from
more than 60 United Methodist
leaders expressing individuals'
views of the church and its future.
Local Pastors Take Over
Ownership of Restlawn
Restlawn Memorial Cemetery, a
longtime resident of Jacksonville
'sBlack community bordering
Ribault Scenic Drive has recently
found new ownership in two
Rev. R.L. Gundy and Pastor
harold Rollison are the entrepre-
neurial spirits behind the once
beleaguered final resting place.
"When I was first offered to buy
this place I didn't want it." said
Rollinson. His mind was con-
vinced to take over ownership of
the property by his wife who has
relatives buried there.
Pastor Rollinson, senior pastor of
Southside Church of Christ and
partner Pastor Reginald Gundy,
CEO of Community Resource
Education and Development
Institute, took over in April of
2007 from the state government.
Since then, work has already
began on restoration and refurbish-
ing of the grounds.
Rollinson hopes to "restore the
original prominence" of Restlawn
Memorial. After six years of neg-
lect and carelessness of previous
owners, Rollinson and Gundy are
devising a plan to bring pride back
to the 39 acre cemetery that has
been in operation since 1929.
"The previous owner used the
property as a write off," confessed
Rollinson. This was one of the
many internal problems with
Restlawn that manifested in exter-
nal eyesores and a deteriorating
reputation for the landmark.
Complaints began to come into
the Department of Financial
Services in 2003 for everything
from failure to properly maintain
its gravesites and grounds to not
delivering paid merchandise such
as tombstones and vaults to cus-
tomers. At that time it was under
ownership of the HIG Corporation.
One of the greatest challenges
that has been faced by Rollinson as
the new owner is attempting to
heal old wounds.
As a community leader and pas-
tor, Rollinson has expressed per-
sonal pride in being owner of
Restlawn Memorial. "There is a
historical precedent that has been
set in Jacksonville that pastors
have economic involvement in the
community," said Rollinson.
"We want to restore the mind of
entrepreneurship in the Black com-
munity," said Gundy.
"We want the spirit of excellence
in this place, and we want the spir-
it of neglect and poverty to leave,"
Both pastors desire to restore the
original reputation of Restlawn
Memorial. To have the communi-
ties trust is their aim. "Pastors are
supposed to deal with people from
the womb to the tomb," said
"Restlawn belongs to the commu-
nity. It's like asking whose kitchen
you're gonna' eat in, yours or your
neighbor's," said Rollinson.
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State of the Church Report
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Terry Parker Class
of 77' Reunion
The 30 year reunion for Terry
Parker High School will be held on
June 30th at the FOP Lodge on
Sawgrass Rd. Check in begins at
6:00p.m. for an evening with for-
mer classmates, a DJ and live enter-
tainment. There will also be an
informal social at the Hampton Inn
on Friday night at 7:00 PM in their
Hospitality Rm. For details contact
Anita DuPont Kelly at (904) 273-
2933 or Cindy Poland Pittman at
Buck O' Neil Exhibit
Opens at DHS
The Durkeeville Historical Society
will open their exhibit, "Buck on
Time: The Life and Legacy of Buck
O'Neill and the Negro Baseball
League." The exhibit will be at the
Society's new facility located at
1293 W. 19th Street. The exhibit
will open on Saturday, June 30th
from 1:00-5:00 p.m. and will be on
display each Saturday 1:00-5:00
p.m. from June 30-August Ilth.
This event is free and open to the
public. For information contact:
Carolyn Williams at phone, 620-
1866 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Billie to Badu
On Saturday, June 30, in celebra-
tion of June "Black Music Month",
Nokturnal Escape Entertainment,
LLC and the Karpeles Manuscript
Museum presents Billie to Badu, an
artistic kollage of music, poetry,
dance and visual artists expressing
the lives of two talented singer song
writers, Erykah Badu and Billie
Holiday. Doors will open at 8p.m.
The Karpeles Manuscript Museum
is located at 101 West 1st. in
Springfield. Light refreshments will
be served. For more info call 626-
2812 or email@example.com
2007 White Linen
Party on the River
This red carpet White Linen Affair
will be on the Lady St. John River
Boat featuring drink specials and
free food. The boat takes off at 8
p.m. on Saturday, June 30th and
returns at 12 a.m. The party will
feature the sounds of Groove City
Entertainment with a VIP afterparty
at Deep Blue at the Landing. This
event will be filmed for the new TV
show Urban Exposure Jacksonville
launching in July 2007. Tickets are
available at the Record Shop in the
Town and Country Shopping
Center on Arlington Expressway or
Join the City of Jacksonville on
Wednesday, July 4 to picnic in
Metropolitan Park Gates open at 6
p.m. Bring your family, friends and
a picnic to Metropolitan Park and
watch the Skyblast fireworks. Food
and beverages will be for sale.
Picnic baskets and non-alcoholic
beverages will be allowed. No out-
side alcoholic beverages will be
permitted in the park. Fireworks
begin at 9:45 p.m. Parking is free.
First Friday Mixer
Join Jacksonville's largest social
networking group from 6-9pm at
the kick-off of FIRST FRIDAYS
REMIX! This one will be held on
Friday, July 6th beginning at 7 p.m.
until 2 a.m. Every month at Tera
Nova (New World), located on the
corner of Phillips Highway and
Baymeadows Road. participants
will experience an excellent envi-
ronment for presentations, trade
show exposure, networking, and
just plain-old, happy hour fun! For
vendor, sponsorship, or RSVP
information call 904-962-7284.
Old West Show
Palm Valley Ranch, along with the
Cowboy Church will host its 2nd
Annual Old West Show and
Cookout on Saturday, July 7,
2007, at Palm Valley Ranch, 7120
Old State Road 207 west of St.
Augustine in Elkton.
The event includes a cookout open
to the public and a family friendly
Old West Show with Cowboys &
Indians, shootouts, Western Games
on horseback, music and many
more laughs and surprises as our
Bumbling Bandits wrestle with life
and struggles in the Old West. Hot
Dogs and Burgers will be served
from 5:30 to 6:30 and the show
starts at 7:00 PM sharp. Admission
is free. For more information, con-
tact Ric Lehman, 904-813-5710
On July 13th, The Independent
Living Resource Center at FCCJ's
Advanced Technology Center (401
W. State Street) will present
"Emergency Preparedness for per-
sons with Disabilities". The day
long conference will teach disabled
persons and their care givers how to
prepare for Hurricanes, Fires, Flu
Pandemic and Biological Disasters.
Register between 8:00-8:45 a.m.
For more information call (904)
399-8484. Lunch will be served.
The Southern Genealogist's
Exchange Society, Inc.(SGES) will
hold their monthly meeting on the
second Saturday, July 14th.
Meetings feature guest speakers or
special topics. The meeting is held
at SGES, 6215 Sauterne Drive,
Jacksonville, Fl. at 10:00 A.M.
Karen Rhodes will speak on "The
Quirks of Researching the Florida
STATE Census". Attend for tips and
tools of researching. Light refresh-
ments served and visitors are
always welcome. Need more infor-
mation? Call (904) 778-1000.
Tropical Boat Ride
Rabia Temple #8 AEAONMS
Rollin' Nobles & Desert Rats will
present their 1st Annual Summer
Charity Boat Ride aboard the Lady
St. Johns. Boarding begins at 7p.m.
on Friday, July 27th. Dress theme
is tropical. There will be door prizes
and a cash bar and free food. Party
Time DJ's providing mix of Old
School/New School. contact 904-
534-6731 or dhorton2007@bell-
south.net for details and tickets.
at the Cummer
The Cummer Museum of Art
invites the community to their
Family Day on Sunday, July 29th
from Noon to 5 p.m. Bring the
entire family to enjoy a day at the
museum filled with art, gardens,
education and fun. The activities
will be inspired by Tradition in
Transition: Russian Icons in the
Age of the Romanovs. Enjoy a
Russian themed day with music, art
making activities, and interactive
entertainment Russian style
For more information, call (904)
Stanton Class of 1947
Classmates, relatives, and friends
are invited to attend the 60th Class
Reunion of the Stanton Class of
1947. The reunion will be held
August 3-5, 2007 at the Clarion
Hotel Airport, 12101 Dixie Clipper
Drive. The theme for the reunion
is"The Bridge from Then to Now"
and will include a historical tour,
luncheon and banquet. For activity
schedule and ticket information,
call Doris Henry 768-4728 or
Ernestine Williams 598-1285.
Jekyll Island Beach
Fans of beach music will enjoy a
weekend of surf, sand and good
tunes at the Jekyll Island Beach
Music Festival '07, August 10-11
at the Jekyll Island Convention
Center and at the Jekyll Island
Beachdeck. The weekend will fea-
ture favorites sung by Second
Chance, Hack Bartley, Sounds of
Motown and featured performances
by the Swingin' Medallions. You
must 21 and older to enter the
Friday and Saturday concerts in
Atlantic Hall. Tickets are non-
refundable and can be purchased by
calling 1-877-4-JEKYLL or online
There will be a School Supply
Give-a-Way on Saturday, August
11 from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. at Abundant
Life World Harvest Ministries, Inc.
located at 108 Lawton Ave. School
supplies will be available for grades
K-12. The church is located on the
corner of Main and Lawton Ave.
For more information call Sabrina
Harris at 768-7131.
Frat House the Play
Darryl Reuben Hall of Stage
Aurora will celebrate the richness
of African -American college life
and the traditions of Historically
Black Colleges and Universities,
with his new comedy "Frat House".
The play explores the bond between
brothers -their joys, triumphs, pain,
and sorrow -all under one roof. The
play will be. performed for two
shows only Friday, August 17,
2007 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday,
August 18, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. at the
Florida Theater. Contact the Florida
Theater Box Office for tickets.
Weekend at Masjid
The Masjid Al-Salaam invites all
to a Marcus Garvey Weekend with
Queen Mother Imakhu on Saturday
August 18 & 19 at 2:30 p.m. The
theme for the event is Healing
Ourselves, Family and Healing Our
People. Sunday will be
Black Relationships at the
Crossroads. For more info visit
salaammasjid.com or call 359-
at the Comedy Zone
BET Comic View Host Sheryl
Underwood will make her mark on
Jacksonville at the Comedy Zone-
Ramada Inn in Mandarin on
August 24th and 25th.
Underwood is BET Comic Views
first sole female host. For more
information call (904) 242-4242.
Music & Dance
On Thursday, September 6th,
from 6:30- 10:300 PM The St.
Johns River City Band will host
"Taste the Music & Dance" at the
Aetna Building. If you would like
to help in the planning of this event
please call (904) 355-4700, or e-
3rd Annual Puerto
The Third Puerto Rican Parade in
Jacksonville will be held Saturday,
September 22nd, at Metropolitan
Park. Their looking for Queens,
Princesses, Volunteers and Groups
to participate. For more informa-
tion call (904) 291-3101or e-mail
Spend a Day Volunteering for a Worthy Cause
The Arc provides advocacy and quality services that enable people
with developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential, enhance
their quality of life and be active participants in their communities.
Volunteers will serve as a one-to-one instructor in the computer lab. 355-
World Relief is a faith based organization providing basic necessities to
people around the world. They assist with the resettlement of refugees
coming into the U.S. from other countries. Grocery shop in order to stock
a new refugee's home with their first food items. Or take the new family
shopping. Volunteers may also provide a warm welcome to the arriving
refugees) by going to the airport, greeting them and assisting them in get-
ting their luggage, etc. 448-0733.
Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to help children reach their poten-
tial through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships.
Public Relations volunteers will assist in designing and producing all
manner of PR materials such as: brochures, banners, public displays,
media advertising and/or PSA's. This is a great opportunity for someone
who wants to volunteer from home. College students looking for a PR
Internship opportunity are welcome. Volunteers need to have strong com-
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Bridge the Gap's mission is "To mobilize volunteers and entities-gov-
ernment, faith, health, business, and the community at large to partner
[with them] in filing the gaps that exist in the delivery of fundamental
social services to the elderly and persons with disabilities." Adopt-A-
Grandparent matches children with elderly adults who have no grand-
children in town. Parents) and child visit on birthdays, holidays and at
least one other day each month. 630-0741.
Lea's Place is a volunteer program, on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week to help the Department of Children and Families take care of chil-
dren who have been removed from abusive or neglectful situations or
who have been abandoned. Volunteers assist Cliild Protective
Investigators with feeding, bathing and playing with the children. They
may also assist in the clothes closet, providing the children with clean
Dignity-U-Wear positively impacts the lives of those in need by pro-
viding brand new clothing at no cost to the recipient. Volunteers will help
the staff with correspondence, data entry, answering the phone, filing and
special projects as they arise. 636-9455.
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SALT-N-PEPA ADDED TO REALITY TV BUFFET
VH1 will air the dirty laundry of girl
rap group Salt-N-Pepa in a new 10-
episode reality series that follows their "
attempts to deal with past differences ,
"The Salt-N-Pepa Show," one of seven .... _
new series to debut on VH1 either later
this year or early 2008, will follow
Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandra "Pepa"
Denton as they work out their past
issues, including Salt always feeling under appreciated and Pepa's insis-
tence that Salt was behind the group's split.
There is also tension over their divergent paths since leaving the group.
Salt is a born-again Christian; Pepa still likes to party.
MORGAN FREEMAN CAST AS NELSON MANDELA
Oscar winner Morgan Freeman will portray
former South African president and Nobel laure-
4 ate Nelson Mandela in "The Human Factor," a
feature film based on a forthcoming book by
journalist and author John Carlin.
"I have known Nelson Mandela personally for
quite some time, and am continually in awe of
S. his enormous presence in the world. The oppor-
tunity to portray him in this film is a great
honor," Freeman said in a statement.
Carlin's book, "The Human Factor: Nelson
Mandela and the Game that Changed the World,"
will serve as the film's blueprint in examining
Mandela's public and private life during the first year of his presidency,
when South Africa was just emerging from years of apartheid.
DNA CONFIRMS EDDIS IS BABY DADDY
According to People magazine, a DNA
test has confirmed that Eddie Murphy is the
father of Melanie Brown, AKA Scary Spice '
& Mel B's recently born daughter.
Murphy, 46, has never publicly acknowl- '
edged the child, born to Brown, 32, this ,. ; :
past April in Los Angeles. The baby's name '.
was listed on the birth certificate as Angel Iris Murphy Brown
The writing was on the wall when earlier this month, Murphy, who agreed
to take a DNA test said he comply to any legal issues if the tests proved
FLAV ORDERED TO PAY 1.8 MIL FOR DECADE-OLD CASE
Reality star allegedly shot a man in Bronx apartment building.
Lawyers for Flavor Flay have said they will appeal a judge's decision
ordering the rapper to pay $1.8 million to a neighbor he allegedly shot at
10 years ago in their Bronx apartment building.
Flay, whose real name is William Drayton, allegedly fired shots at
Thelouizs English at Executive Towers, the Bronx apartment building
where both lived in 1993. The Public Enemy rapper faced attempted-mur-
der and other charges. He was convicted in 1995 of criminal possession of
a weapon and sentenced to two months in jail and three years of probation,
court documents show.
English, a social worker, filed an assault-and-battery civil suit against
Flay. A process server dropped the papers off with a doorman of their
building. Flay never responded, later claiming he hadn't received the
papers. A default judgment of $850,000 was issued against him in 1997 for
civil assault and battery $350,000 in compensatory damages and
$500,000 in punitive damages. With interest accumulating over 10 years,
lawyers for English say the amount has risen to $1.8 million. Flav's lawyer
estimates the sum to be $1.4 million.
CW'S 'CHRIS' IN A RACE AGAINST PUBERTY:
Series forced to shoot next season now before star's voice gets too deep
for his TV age.
You can't help but think of the "Brady Bunch" episode when Peter's
puberty issues conflicted with an important family concert, forcing Greg to
write a song that embraced his brother's deepening voice, "When It's Time
To Change (You've Got to Rearrange)."
Such is the dilemma facing producers of the CW comedy "Everybody
Hates Chris," which stars 14-year-old actor, Tyler James Williams, who's
getting taller by the second and whose voice continues to fill with bass.
Because of his rapidly emerging adolescence, the entire cast and crew had
to cut their summer hiatus short and begin work on their third season right
Cheadle's New Film Something to "Talk" About
Again demonstrating why he's one
of the most versatile actors around,
Don Cheadle gives another prize-
worthy performance as Ralph
Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr., the irre-
pressible radio DJ whose keepin'-it-
real style made him a trusted voice
on the airwaves during the turbulent
late '60s and early '70s.
We first see Petey Greene spin-
ning Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke
within the confines of Virginia's
Lorton Prison, where he puts his
"Ph.D. in poverty" to use telling it
like it is to his fellow inmates.
It's there he meets the decidedly
buttoned-down Dewey Hughes (the
always intriguing Ejiofor), the pro-
gram director for Washington,
D.C.'s R&B station, WOL-AM,
who's visiting his estranged, incar-
cerated brother (Mike Epps).
Pestering Hughes for an on-air job
when he gets out of the can, Petey
and his bubbly, take-no-prisoners
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Vondie Curtis Hall, director Kasi Lemmons, Don Cheadle, Taraji P. Henson
and Cedric the Entertainer all star in Talk to Me.
girlfriend (a terrific Henson) make
good on their threat to show up at
his radio station one day, refusing to
take no for an answer.
Eventually wearing Hughes down
enough to give him a shot behind
the mike, Petey and his plain-speak-
ing style instantly light up the
phone lines at the station, where
WOL owner E.G. Sonderling
(Martin Sheen), knowing a ratings-
booster when he sees one, hands
Greene the coveted morning shift.
But Petey proves to be more than
just a colorful radio personality. In
the aftermath of King's. assassina-
tion he was the calming voice of
reason for legions of listeners seek-
f.Track Star Marion Jones Near Bankruptcy
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is heavily in
debt, fighting off court judgments
and down to a bank balance of
about $2,000, according to recent
court records reviewed by the Los
Last year a bank foreclosed on her
$2.5-million mansion in an area of
Chapel Hill, N.C., where Michael
Jordan was a neighbor. She was
also forced to sell two other proper-
ties, including her mother's house,
to raise money.
Jones' financial woes were
revealed in a 168-page deposition
in a breach-of-contract suit she filed
in Dallas against veteran track
coach Dan Pfaff. Pfaff countersued
and won a judgment against Jones
for about $240,000 in unpaid train-
ing fees and legal expenses.
Legal bills have plagued Jones
since 2003, when suspicions of
drug use emerged and she was
linked to the Bay Area Laboratory
Co-Operative (BALCO) after a fed-
eral raid. Jones retained attorneys
for her BALCO grand jury testimo-
ny, for negotiations with the U.S.
Anti-Doping Agency in her fight to
avoid being banned from competi-
tion, for a defamation lawsuit she
filed against BALCO founder
Victor Conte, who accused her of
drugs, and for taking on Pfaff in her
Last year, a Jones urine sample
tested positive for the performance-
enhancing drug EPO. Jones imme-
diately quit a European track tour
and returned to the United States.
Although she was cleared when a
backup sample tested negative, she
missed at least five major interna-
tional meets, forfeiting an estimated
$300,000 in appearance and per-
In her prime, Jones was one of
track's first female millionaires,
typically earning between $70,000
and $80,000 a race, plus at least
another $1 million from race bonus-
es and endorsement deals.
In 2000-01, she competed in 21
international events, including the
Sydney Olympics, where she won
five medals three gold.
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Looking to tap into his potential,
Hughes becomes his manager, land-
ing Petey his own TV show as well
as stand-up gigs leading to an ill-
fated appearance on "The Tonight
Show." Petey's subsequent down-
ward spiral is a trajectory well-trav-
In addition to mining exceptional
performances from Cheadle,
Ejiofor and Henson, who creates
another indelible performance here,
Lemmons does well by bright turns
from Sheen, Cedric the Entertainer
and real-life husband Vondie Curtis
Hall, the latter two planning a pair
of WOR on-air personalities.
Completing the desired effect is
Terence Blanchard's mood-altering,
jazzy score and a Top 40s worth of
golden soul oldies, highlighted by
Cooke's ever-poignant "A Change
Is Gonna Come."
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